View Poll Results: Best National Anthem

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  • La Marseillaise (France)

    13 17.33%
  • God Save the Queen (UK)

    1 1.33%
  • The Star Spangled Banner (USA)

    16 21.33%
  • Hymn of Russia (Russia)

    20 26.67%
  • O Canada (Canada)

    4 5.33%
  • Deutschland Über Alles (Germany)

    5 6.67%
  • Hatikvah (Israel)

    2 2.67%
  • Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (South Africa)

    3 4.00%
  • March of the Volunteers (China)

    0 0%
  • Other (Which?)

    11 14.67%
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I voted for Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika; it gives me shivers when I hear it sung by a big choir. I might have voted for Land Of My Fathers. It's the most stirring hymn and the Welsh are the best choristers.

    Tell me this doesn't move you....

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    OK, here is Montenegro with english lyrics...Damien, the Anti-Christ!!!!



    And here is one for a former country, the beloved Tannu Tuva, their national anthem sounds like the soundtrack to some sprawling cinematic work of yesteryear:

    Those are both excellent videos and excellent anthems.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I voted for Russia.


    I also love my national anthem though the translation is a bit off.


    Now both of the above are uplifting and mobilizing but with a tragic undertone,
    the french and italian ones are wholly uplifting and beautiful.

    This is the italian one since it never got posted at all.


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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    OK, here is Montenegro with english lyrics...Damien, the Anti-Christ!!!!



    And here is one for a former country, the beloved Tannu Tuva, their national anthem sounds like the soundtrack to some sprawling cinematic work of yesteryear:

    I love them both, but only for their comedy value.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I voted for Russia.


    I also love my national anthem though the translation is a bit off.


    Now both of the above are uplifting and mobilizing but with a tragic undertone,
    the french and italian ones are wholly uplifting and beautiful.

    This is the italian one since it never got posted at all.
    I love the Russian, I'd forgotten the Romanian about 30 seconds after hearing it, and the Italian I've always thought was a bit ridiculous and about twice as long as a national anthem ought to be. Say what you like about God Save The Queen (horrible, horrible, soulless dirge) it does at least have the advantage of only lasting about 45 seconds.

    P.S: why did the OP make the poll anonymous? It would have been interesting to see who didn't vote for their own anthem.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    La Marseillaise at a rugby match - nothing better.

    Amhran na Bhfiann is also badass at Croke Park, but I would say that wouldn't I?

    I was at the stadium for this one and it's one of the most epic moments of my life.

    Last edited by Ben K.; 02-07-14 at 06:55 AM.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I love the Russian, I'd forgotten the Romanian about 30 seconds after hearing it, and the Italian I've always thought was a bit ridiculous and about twice as long as a national anthem ought to be. Say what you like about God Save The Queen (horrible, horrible, soulless dirge) it does at least have the advantage of only lasting about 45 seconds.

    P.S: why did the OP make the poll anonymous? It would have been interesting to see who didn't vote for their own anthem.
    Ah well, to each his own taste in anthems if that's a thing.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I'm going with "Oh Bright Dawn of May", The national anthem of Montenegro for two reasons, 1- because it's pretty scary, and 2- because I like Nero Wolfe novels.




    Here it is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPtPjMdtofk

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    O Canada is somewhat boring and repetitive, but it's ours and that makes it special. Being a sports fan I hear lots of national anthems and I do like the Star Spangled Banner when sung with passion and a good voice - and not bastardized by someone trying to be "unique" - and I really loved when Kate Smith sang God Bless America at Philadelphia Flyers playoff games.

    For what it's worth, this non-American thinks God Bless America would be a better anthem choice,
    but then all the atheists would be on the warpath - sorry, bad Indian reference, right? - oops, I mean bad Native America reference, right - not that there's anything bad about Native Americans - oh hell, never mind.



    I also prefer "God bless America" (I'm 1/8th Native American, BTW.).

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    La Marseillaise at a rugby match - nothing better.

    Amhran na Bhfiann is also badass at Croke Park, but I would say that wouldn't I?

    I was at the stadium for this one and it's one of the most epic moments of my life.

    You prefer those two to Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau? I don't believe you.
    "The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión

    "Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn

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